France votes, with Macron facing tough battle for control of parliament

Projections from voting expected at 1800 GMT Macron needs 289 seats for absolute majority in parliament Pollsters say he may fall short as smaller parties make gains One minister already eliminated in overseas vote PARIS, June 19 (Reuters) – Voting was underway in France on Sunday in a parliamentary election that could deprive newly re-elected … Read more

EU leaders criticized for tepid support bring ‘message of unity’ to Ukraine

Arms needed to fend off Russian advances in south and east Ukrainian troops, civilians holed up in Sievierodonetsk plant KYIV, June 16 (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany, France and Italy – all criticized in the past by Kyiv for support viewed as too cautious – made a joint visit to Ukraine on Thursday, touring … Read more

Emergency ECB meeting lifts Europe, Fed ready to go big

News of emergency ECB meeting sends Italian markets soaring Market almost fully priced for Fed to hike 75 bps Euro rally knocks dollar off 20-yr peak, US yields off decade top China economic data slightly beat forecasts, still weak LONDON / SYDNEY, June 15 (Reuters) – European markets rallied on Wednesday on news the European … Read more

Russian shelling causes chemical-plant fire in eastern Ukrainian city

Russia targets Sievierodonetsk in eastern advance Shelling causes fire after oil leak at chemical plant, governor says Ukraine urges West to deliver more heavy arms swiftly War blocks vital Ukraine grain exports from Black Sea KYIV, June 11 (Reuters) – Russian shelling of the Azot chemical plant in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sievierodonetsk ignited … Read more

US gasoline average price tops $ 5 per gallon in historic first

June 11 (Reuters) – The price of US gasoline averaged more than $ 5 a gallon for the first time on Saturday, data from the AAA showed, extending a surge in fuel costs that is driving rising inflation. The national average price for regular unleaded gas rose to $ 5,004 a gallon on June 11 … Read more

Seven bodies found at scene of helicopter crash in Italy

ROME, June 11 (Reuters) – Rescuers have found the bodies of seven people killed in a helicopter crash in Italy, local authorities said on Saturday, two days after the aircraft disappeared from radar screens. The helicopter had taken off on Thursday from Lucca in Tuscany and was heading towards the northern city of Treviso when … Read more

Biden unveils migration plan, capping Americas summit roiled by division

LOS ANGELES, June 10 (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden and fellow leaders from the Western Hemisphere on Friday rolled out a new set of measures to confront the regional migration crisis, seeking to salvage an Americas summit roiled by division. Biden’s aides had touted the migration declaration as a centerpiece of the US-hosted Summit … Read more

Capitol riot hearings to argue that US democracy at risk

WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – The hearings on the 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Donald Trump’s supporters will spotlight testimony by the former president’s top aides and family as a congressional committee seeks to show that the riot was, as its chairman put it , a “conspiracy to thwart the will of the … Read more

ECB signals rates lift-off, eyes bigger move in September

Promises 25 bps July rate hike Says will hike again in Sept and bigger move possible Inflation rising, broadening Lagarde press conference at 1230 GMT FRANKFURT / AMSTERDAM, June 9 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank ended a long-running stimulus scheme on Thursday and said it would deliver next month its first interest rate hike … Read more